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Chamber Corner

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

Although writing an article for local newspapers or online publications doesn't pay anything, I want to do a good job. So it can be kind of a tough task to do each week. You might believe with all the things that go on in Grant County and all the things the Chamber of Commerce works on through-out the week... I shouldn't have a hard time coming up with material to write about. But I do!

I want to make certain I don't write something that will cause lots of people to stop buying the newspaper. No, actually my ego isn't large enough to think that will happen.

Though I'm not very politically correct, I still need to be careful about writing something that will possibly make half the population mad. For instance, right now I would like to write something about the local judicial system letting the Dollar Store robber get off with a slap on the wrist... and it wasn't even a hard slap. I would like to share my thoughts dealing with responsibility and consequences. Sure I'm kind of old-fashioned, and I believe that if you are old enough to plan a robbery... you should be old enough to face the penalty for your illegal action. However, I probably shouldn't write anything about what I believe should happen to this local criminal.

So, I better write about other things that aren't quite as controversial.

Fort Bayard Armory: There will be a ceremony celebrating the transfer of the Santa Clara National Guard Armory to the Village of Santa Clara. The event begins at 11:30 on Thursday - June 15, 2017.

Tranquil Skies Community Mental Health Center: We will help with a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of this HMS Facility located at 1318 East 32nd Street, across from the Gila Regional Medical Center. The ceremony will begin June 15 at 5:30 p.m.

Surgical Office of Dr. Okay Harold Odocha: You are invited to come meet the staff and visit the new office building housing the surgical offices of Dr. Odocha. The office is located at 1302-A 32nd Street in Silver City, across the street from the Gila Regional Medical Center. The ceremony and open house begins Friday, June 16, at 10:00 a.m.

ACE Hardware: This Saturday, June 17, your local ACE hardware Store is planning a big celebration for their 10 Year Anniversary. We'll help with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. There will be a Farmers Market and Car Show. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs to enjoy. One of the cars that will be at is the original Batmobile. I've been told the Batmobile even shoots flames out of the back of the car, just like it did in the old Batman television shows. For those of you who are old enough... BAM! POW! TAKE THAT PENGUIN!

Dog Park: No, we're not doing a ribbon cutting at the dog park; however a group of people with dogs have a pretty good idea. Cornali Field, on West Street off of 12th Street is the location of the current Silver City Dog Park. This park is currently one large fenced in area where all dogs are welcome every day. The group of dog owners now has the objective to fence off 1/3 of the park for dogs 25 lbs. and under to play, safely separated from the larger dogs. The cost will be $1500. All donations are tax deductible and folks will receive a "gift receipt" from the WNMU Foundation for all donations. Donations should be in the form of a check made out to WNMU Foundation, and in the memo section of the check, state that the donation is for the Dog Park Fencing. Checks can be mailed to WNMU Foundation at PO Box 1158, Silver City, NM, or dropped off at the Foundation office at Hunter Hall downstairs off 10th street below Miller Library. They may also drop checks off at Silver City RV Park office at 1304 N. Bennett Street. From there the checks will be delivered to the University.

Fourth of July sponsored by the Town of Silver City and PNM: I know this may sound sarcastic, but we have decided to celebrate the Fourth of July on July 4. When people ask me "why"? Well, I guess it was because I thought July 4 was better than July 9 or July 11. The theme for this year's event, if the event is approved by the Town of Silver City who helps sponsor the event, will be "HEROES: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow". The Grand Marshals of the Independence Day Parade will be World War II veterans from Grant County. You can find more information about the Fourth of July Celebration on the Chamber of Commerce website at www.silvercity.org. Click on the events calendar and then go to July 4. Applications for Gough Park Vendors and Parade Entries are on this page. Just click and print. And yes, we will have a great fireworks show again this year. First American Bank is the fireworks sponsor. This will be the first year for our fireworks show to use electronic firing. If all goes well, we hope the fireworks show next year will be set to music. You will be able to turn on your radios to a certain station and the fireworks will be shot in sequence with the patriotic music.

As I started out, writing this article can be frustrating. So let's go ahead and get some of the phone calls out of the way. Go ahead and call me now to say that the fireworks scared your dog or that your cow quit giving milk because of the explosions. You don't have to wait until July 5th. Go ahead and call me now to ask why there isn't a park exclusively for cats. You can call me before this weekend to ask if there will be any fire extinguishers available near the Batmobile. And while you're at it, you can call the Chamber of Commerce office to ask us why there is no movie playing at Light Hall Theater this weekend. We will be happy to tell you about the Fiesta Latina being held on the WNMU campus. Our phone number is (575) 538-3785. Or better yet, so that you can see how I react personally from the frustration, come by the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce office located in the Grant County Conference Center at 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City, next to ACE Hardware... weekend home of the Batmobile. On second thought, you may simply want to make the phone call... GADZOOKS!

You remember those old cowboy movies where the cowboy would be riding a horse and singing to the cows while a coyote howled in the distance. And lots of times those old cowboy songs included a little yodeling. So once I knew I was the only person in the building, I went into the large ballroom at the conference center. I stood on the stage... and I began yodeling. I didn't hear in coyotes in the building, but there may have been some howling outside. I just didn't sound as good as those singing cowboys did in the old movies. Heck, I think I'll blame it on the acoustics rather than my voice. I'll just have to go home and pop in the John Wayne movie Rio Grande. The regimental singers are pretty good in that movie.

Well this Thursday, June 8, you will have a great opportunity to see the newly remodeled Grant County Veteran's Memorial Business & Conference Center. The Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce will host an Open House from 3 to 7 p.m., and we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

We're opening all the doors so you can enter all the rooms (except the storage rooms) and see how truly marvelous this building has become. We will even post signs at each of the rooms telling you how much that room can be rented for. We believe you will be pleasantly surprised.

Since the building is named to honor the veterans of our area, the American Legion Honor Guard will be on hand to present the Colors at the beginning of the ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. We hope you will attend.

We have a second ribbon cutting this week. One of our newest members, Southern Sky Landscaping, will have their Grand Opening this weekend on Friday and Saturday. The Chamber of Commerce will help with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Friday - June 9. Southern Sky Landscaping is located on the Truck Bypass Road that runs between Highway 90 and 180, on the outskirts of Silver City. Owner Jeramie Carrillo has been getting his landscaping yard in order so that you can see many of the items that are available to be used in landscaping your home or business. As a bonus, they have lots of great items in their shop that are perfect for outdoors or indoors. And be sure to check out the glass-top outdoor Elk tables. Southern Sky Landscaping is only ½ mile from Highway 180 and 1.4 miles from Highway 90. It's their Grand Opening weekend, so now is a great time to visit their business.

So I hope you will visit Southern Sky Landscaping this weekend, and I hope you will come to the Open House at the Grant County Veteran's Memorial Business & Conference Center. We would really like to see you.

By the way, if you attend the Conference Center Open House and have a hankering to get on the stage and yodel... please go right ahead. We promise that we won't slip in, film you and then immediately post it to Facebook... but we can't promise that other people in the building are as nice as us. Call us for more information about the Chamber of Commerce and the Conference Center. Our phone number is (575) 538-3785.

As I went shopping Sunday and Monday, it was easy to see who went to Blues Festival and who didn't. Some of the people I saw had to be in pain that night. I mean, how red can you get and not know you are burning? There was one guy who had been wearing a bandana or towel around his head. He had the strangest looking white band about 3-1/2 inches wide completely around his newly reddened head. I hope he didn't have an important business meeting on Tuesday.

The folks at the Mimbres Region Arts Council should reach out to Coppertone to see if they would sponsor a vendor booth to give away free sunscreen and suntan lotion. Or maybe they could have a photo contest to show who got the reddest. Remember the old Coppertone commercials where the dog tugged on the little girl's bikini bottoms to show her tan lines. That would be funny... but also painful.

If you didn't make the Memorial Day event at Fort Bayard National Cemetery, you missed a treat. Mr. Dan McBride told a story about why the "steel pot" was so important during his time at war. He discussed the usual things you can do with the steel pot helmet: cooking in it, using it to hold water, shaving in it, washing up in it, and even using it as a personal outhouse when necessary. He told the story about hauling beer from a tavern back to wounded soldiers in his steel pot. The story became so important that a Belgian (I think he said Belgian) beer company actually made a beer with a picture of a soldier hauling the brew in his steel pot. Memorial Day isn't just about remembering the bad things that happen, but also the humorous things that take place. Mr. McBride, thank you for sharing your story.

For you folks who haven't seen the inside of the newly renovated Grant County Veteran's Memorial Business and Conference Center, we are opening the doors for you to make an inspection. On Thursday - June 8, we, the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce, will host an Open House from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. We will also have a ribbon cutting event at 3:30 p.m. Now we haven't yet asked anyone to be a guest speaker, but I feel certain we will hear from a couple of the County Commissioners. The building is beautiful. It is a facility that every citizen in Grant County should take pride in. From the main lobby to the prep kitchen... this business and conference center is so much nicer than the old conference center. I hope you will take the time on June 8 to come visit the building and say hello, hello, hello, hello, hello. One room echoes a little bit, yet it is still a gorgeous room and has already seen some large events that turned out fantastic.

We are the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce. It is our mission to serve our members by promoting business, commerce and tourism in Grant County. We want to be an advocate for local businesses. We want to assist our local member businesses to grow and prosper. If you are not a member, check us out at www.silvercity.org or call me at (575) 538-3785. And by the way, if you aren't a member, why aren't you? Even individuals can have personal memberships for as low as $30 a year and small businesses as low as $135 a year. I hope to hear from you.

It's Memorial Day weekend, so that means blues music in downtown Silver City. It also means get ready for roasted corn on the cob in Gough Park. Some people think of a beer garden on Pope Street. And some businesses look forward to full hotels and restaurants.

Memorial Day Weekend also is a great time for us to remember the heroes of the past. It's a time we can say thank you to the heroes of the present. And young men and women can dream of becoming heroes of the future.

Memorial Day Weekend is special in many ways. Here in Grant County, there are lots of things to see, do and even hear during the holiday weekend.

I am always amazed at some of the calls we get during big events. Today a gentleman from out-of-state called to verify that we no longer want bikers attending the Blues Festival. I responded with a rhetorical “Mister who comes up with these crazy rumors?” After a few minutes, he was ready to fire up his ride and eat a few bugs while traveling to Silver City. I also got a kick out of the lady who asked if there was a new rule banning lawn chairs at Blues Festival. I explained it was due to so many lawn chairs being thrown at the bad bands, thus you can only bring benches to sit on this year. Her reply was... “Is this real?” No Ma'am, it is not real... just as the rumor about banning chairs.

The funniest question I got this year was “Didn't I see you dancing last year?” Oh no... let's don't even go there. When I dance, or maybe I should say, if I dance, it's to country western music. I'll do a little two-step. I like a quick waltz. But no I don't dance to the music of the Blues. Even if I were to accidentally get drunk, I don't believe I would try to dance to the Blues. It just isn't going to happen. This old white guy can't jump or dance. But I hope the rest of you have a simply marvelous time swinging to the beat at the Silver City Blues Festival.

Lastly, there are always calls about dogs. Can dogs attend the Blues Festival? Do dogs like the Blues? Is there a place where I can give my dog some water at Gough Park? Do I need to scoop up the poop at the park? So I will answer the question in order... #1: yes, although it is said that there is an ordinance that reads no pets in the park. No one is ever there making dogs leave. #2: Some dogs probably do... some dogs probably do not. It really isn't up to the dog, the owner makes the decision and the dog simply has to live with that decision. #3: There are always food vendors, so you can buy a bottle of water and pour it into your cap, your hat, your beer cup or something so that your dog can lap it up. #4: Good grief...YES! Scoop the poop. That's probably one of the reasons there is an ordinance against dogs in the park.

Anyway, we are supposed to have some beautiful weather for this weekend. Enjoy the Blues Festival at Gough Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Then we hope you will join us to pay tribute to our fallen heroes during the Memorial Day Service at Fort Bayard National Cemetery in Santa Clara. For local information or to book an event at the Grant County Veteran's Memorial Business & Conference Center, call the Chamber of Commerce office at (575) 538-3785.

If you're married, you know how the argument goes.

"Where do you want to eat?" "Well I don't care, where do you want to go?" "No, I asked you first." "Really, I don't care, you pick a place." "But what kind of food do you want?" "It doesn't matter. Let's get whatever you want to have for lunch."

But on Mondays, the argument gets even worse. Why? Because the first restaurant you show up at is closed because it is Monday. Then the second restaurant you get to is closed because it is Monday. By this time, you are so frustrated you don't even want to check out a third or fourth restaurant. Then around 7:00 p.m., you start getting hungry because you just realized you didn't eat lunch. I hate Mondays.

If you work Monday through Friday, then another reason to feel bad about Monday is knowing that you must play catch-up. You know what I mean. There are things that happened on the weekend that are now waiting for you to take care of on Monday morning. Of course, you already had things planned for Monday morning, so something is getting pushed to Monday afternoon or maybe even Tuesday. So now you have to re-prioritize everything you are doing Monday to make room for whatever happened on Saturday or Sunday... and of course spending time to find out which restaurants were not open on Mondays just bogs down the process even more.

Okay, so Mondays get a bad reputation for things that really aren't their fault. Days don't make things happen, they just sit there on a calendar waiting for you to do stuff on Monday. I guess I shouldn't be critical of Mondays. I mean, really, it is Saturday and Sunday that make the problem... and of course my wife is also to blame for not being able to decide on a restaurant.

So I have come up with a solution. On Mondays, I will simply take a ham sandwich to work with me. I'll go in early to get a jump on those unpredictable things that came up on Saturday and Sunday. And if I have to I'll work late Monday night so I won't have to push stuff I need to do on Monday... to Tuesday. Yep, that's a plan.

I just hope we don't start seeing restaurants close on Tuesdays. I would be in so much trouble.

Do you need help with anything? Call us at 575-538-3785. By the way, it looks like we will be in the office most of the day on Mondays, so give us a call then.

Live from Silver City

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